Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN)

The Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) offers post-baccalaureate entry to the Master of Science in Advanced Population Health Nursing (APHN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

At the time of application to GEPN, the student selects a specialty area and graduate degree (i.e., MS, DNP, PhD). Once admitted, transfer from one specialty area to another is not encouraged. Transfer into or between the FNP or AGPCNP specialties is not permitted. Once enrolled in GEPN, a student may not apply as a new student to another graduate degree program.

Program Description

GEPN is designed for adult learners:

  • Who have not attended an RN educational program
  • Who have a baccalaureate degree in field other than nursing
  • Who are leadership bound and seeking a career in advanced nursing

The program consists of an intensive pre-licensure year of study that is delivered across three continuous semesters. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease prevention as well as the care of the acutely ill person. The AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) provides the framework for the pre-licensure year curriculum for professional nurses. A substantial amount of the curriculum is clinical practicum in community and hospital/health care settings where students are actively engaged in nursing care under the supervision of faculty. Threaded throughout the curriculum are research, patient safety, community nursing health, and cultural diversity as well as the various contexts (i.e., historical & social) of nursing, nursing roles, and the core values of the profession.

Upon completion of the first year, the student is eligible and takes the NCLEX-RN, the national licensing exam. The student transitions immediately into their graduate nursing specialty degree track and begin courses for their advanced degree.


Course Listing


NURS 501 Professionalism in Nursing (2 credits)

NURS 502 Pathophysiology (3 credits)

NURS 503 Pharmacology for Nursing Pract (3 credits)

NURS 504 Health Assessment (2 credits)

NURS 504L Health Assessment Lab (2 credits)

NURS 505 Foundations of Nursing Science (2 credits)

NURS 505L Foundations of Nurs. Sci. Lab (4 credits)

NURS 507 Bio-Behavioral Health Nursing (2 credits)

NURS 507L Bio-Beh Hlth Nsg Clin/Lab (2 credits)

NURS 508 Nsg Care of Childbearing Fam (2 credits)

NURS 508L Nsg Care Childbearing Fam Lab (2 credits)

NURS 509 Nsg Care Child & Fam (2 credits)

NURS 509L Nsg Care of Child/Fam Clin/Lab (2 credits)

NURS 513 Acute Care Nursing (4 credits)

NURS 513L Acute Care Nursing Lab (6 credits)

NURS 517 Clinical Immersion Nurs Prac (3 credits)

NURS 517L Clinical Immer Nurs Prac Lab (4 credits)

NURS 518 Intro to CH & PH Nursing (2 credits)